Carsten Warming Hansen wins the last qualifying squad and advances to Sunday's finals


    2014 European Bowling Tour #4

    Dane shoots 1451 series and is the lone player of Squad 18 who survived the qualifying cut; Germany's Tobias Gäbler rolls the eighth 300 game of the tournament; Joonas Jähi wins the qualifying with 1545 (257.50 avg.), leads a group of 64 players, 52 men and 12 women, into the finals; cut for 12th place is 1480 (246.67) and cut for 52nd place is 1413 (235.50)

    2014EBT04CarstenWarmingHansen.jpg2014EBT04JoonasJahi2.jpgDanish national team member Carsten Warming Hansen (pictured left) averaged 241.83 in the 18th and last qualifying squad of the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge en route to become the only player in the Saturday night squad who made the cut to the top 52.

    Hansen started his six-game block with 218, 246, 230 and 238 before he closed out strong with 266 and 253 for 1451 to rocket from 93rd to 20th place in the overall qualifying standings.

    Joonas Jähi (above right) of Finland, who overtook the lead in the 10th squad, led a field of 338 players from 31 countries with 1545 and an average of 257.50.

    2014EBT04MarshallKent.jpg2014EBT04JazreelTan.jpgPlaces 2-4 belonged to U.S. bowlers Chris Loschetter (1535), Marshall Kent (1522) and Chris Barnes (1508).

    Fifth place Jazreel Tan (right) of Singapore was the best of 68 women in the field with 1506 including eight pins handicap each game. The top three women after qualifying received an extra bonus. Tan pocketed 1.400 Euro. Kelly Kulick (USA) got 900 ‚ā¨ and Daphne Tan (SIN) received 700 ‚ā¨.

    Joachim Karlsson of Sweden (6th; 1505), Juhani Tonteri of Finland (7th; 1503) and John Wells of England (8th; 1502) brought the number of 1500-series (250 average) to eight.

    2014EBT04TimMack.jpg2014EBT04TomHess.jpgPlaces 9 and 10 belonged to Tim Mack (left) and Kelly Kulick, United States, both at 1488. Thomas Larsen of Denmark landed in 11th place with 1483. Rounding out the top 12, who received a first-round bye for finals, was the best German bowler in the field, Lars Tangermann, with 1480 or an average of 246.67.

    USBC Masters champion Tom Hess (right) hit the cutoff number for 52nd place with 1413 or an average of 235.50.

    Qualifiers 13 to 52 will be joined in the finals by the top eight players of the quads conducted March 15-19, who were not among the top 52.

    2014EBT04SyafiqRidhwan.jpg2014EBT04StuartWilliams.jpgThe group was spearheaded by Malaysian Syafiq Ridhwan (left) with 1406 and included three PBA champions, Stuart Williams (right) of England and Americans Jake Peters and Jason Sterner.

    Rounding out the 64 finalists were the top four players of the one-game Desperado Squad, which concluded the qualifying on early Sunday morning.

    2012-13 PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, United States, defeated Karl Wahlgren of Sweden in roll-off to take the fourth and last place (60th place overall) after a 256-256 tie.

    Among those who failed to advance were defending champion Ronnie Russell, PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, United States, and long-time German national team member Tobias Gäbler (below right), who rolled the eighth 300 game of the tournament so far in the last game of the qualifying.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif 2014EBT04TobiasGabler.jpgFinal Round One starts on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. CET. The second round is slated for 11 a.m. with the match play Round Three to follow at 2 p.m. All rounds of the finals will be covered live on Bowlingdigital's YouTube channel.

    The stepladder final broadcast is scheduled for Sunday, March 23, from 17:00 to 18:00 Central European Time (starts at noon Eastern Daylight Time or Monday, March 24, at 0.00 a.m. Hong Kong Time).

    2014BECLogo_small.jpg The Brunswick Euro Challenge is the fourth tournament on the 2014 European Bowling Tour schedule and one of only two "Platinum" events this season, the EBT's highest tournament category. The BEC is also the 10th stop of the World Bowling Tour and will award a PBA International title, if won by a PBA member.

    The 11th issue of Europe's richest tournament will be held from March 15-23 at Europe's biggest bowling center, 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in suburban Munich, Germany.

    The Tournament offers an increased total prize fund of 111.111 Euro with 11.111 Euro going to the winner, 9.000 Euro to the runner-up and 7.000 Euro to the third place finisher.

    Qualifying ran from March 15-22. Women receive eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, March 23, including the top 52 qualifiers, the top 8 of a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 15-19 plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

    The top 12 qualifiers received a first-round bye. The other 52 players will bowl six games scratch to cut to the top 16 who will join the top 12 qualifiers in Round Two. Those 28 will bowl another six games scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 8 for match play.

    Round Two pinfall will be carried forward. The top 3 players after seven games round robin match play (30 pins bonus for a win; 15 for a tie) will determine the champion in a stepladder final. The No. 3 seed bowls the No. 2 seed and the winner of the semifinal match takes on the No. 1 seed for the title and the 11.111 Euro top prize.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 20 tournaments in 14 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and nine Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund exceeds one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters in Asti, Italy, on July 6, 2015.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2013 with the PBA World Championship, consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), Asia (3), United States (3), Europe (2) and Australia (1).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2012 and all points from the 2013 and 2014 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking will be invited to compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at South Point in Las Vegas.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 111 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, click here.




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    2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge - Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

    The top 52 qualifiers, the top 8 of a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted March 15-19 (Places 53-60) and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) advance to the finals on Sunday, March 23. All rounds of the finals will be covered live on Bowlingdigital's YouTube channel.

    300 games (8) - Daniel Fransson (2), Chris Barnes, Andreas Gripp, Marshall Kent, John Wells, New Hui Fen, Tobias Gäbler.